“Creating my artworks helps me understand the connection between the human soul and the energy of music, musical instruments and other music related elements.”
Jens Ritter is a German artist. He grew up in a musical environment which aroused his passion and love for the electric guitar. After his studies of mechanical arts, his focus was creating avantgarde guitars for Prince, George Benson, Nile Rodgers, Lady Gaga and other major music production artists.
At some point, Ritter’s guitar sculptures left their traditional purpose and turned into abstract art pieces to express his interrogations about the contemporary and future purpose of music and its technical elements, as well as its interaction with human nature. Later on Jens Ritter added music and recording equipment to his art pieces and installations.
The aim of Jens Ritter’s mission is to explore the inner nature of the electric guitar in particular, and its impact on human culture. His chosen path is to delve into the different elements of the electric guitar; such as the language of shapes, sounds, and their interactions with the viewer.
His art pieces are materialized ideas used as a medium for his quest to understand the impact of the electric guitar culture on his generation.
"Creating my artworks helps me understand the connection between the human soul and the energy of music, musical instruments and other music related elements."
The central idea of my work is vibration. Vibrations in human voices, vibrations created by machines, vibrations communicated through music.
In combination with my passion for sounds and electric guitars, I created my first avant-garde musical instruments. Artists like Prince, George Benson, Nile Rogers, Lady Gaga and other great musicians have been and still are my customers and collectors.
For the first time in human history, the electric guitar has given an individual the opportunity to simultaneously communicate with tens of thousands of people through "vibrations" (music) at the same time. The clear recognition of the individual vibrations and the extremely high and previously unknown volume of communication were unique.
The study of the phenomenon of vibrations led me consequently to the ideas and researches of the Big Bang, matter, cosmic vibrations. In particular, I am fascinated by the relationship between cosmic vibrations (such as planetary frequencies) and our own vibrations (body matter, voice, self-created music).
This led to abandoning the traditional guitar ideas and focusing on the essences of the instruments as objects. On the one hand, as a formal approach: The shape of the object reveals references to the manifold possibilities of vibrations.
On the other hand, works are created that can rely on the function of a guitar and generate vibrations. In a new visual combination, issues arise that point to essential ideas on the smallest components of matter (string theories) about planetary frequencies to the orbits of the galaxies - in part with the support of NASA and the "European Organization for Astronomical Research" (ESO).
Jens Ritter's debut at Hohmann Fine Art will take place with the Season Opening Exhibition.
The exhibition will take place at our Village Court Gallery and will be open to the public with no appointment necessary on these days:
Monday, November 25 from 11 - 5
Tuesday, November 26 from 11 - 5
Wednesday, November 27 from 11 - 5
Thursday, November 28 - closed in observance of Thanksgiving
Friday, November 29 from 11 - 5
and Saturday, November 30 from 11 - 4
Outside these public hours, Ritter's work is always available to view by appointment.
If you are a client of the gallery, you may request a password for the online preview two days before the opening.
We have a substantial number of works immediately available, however our inventory changes frequently, so here are some examples of noteworthy works. If you would like to know what we have in the gallery, please start the dialogue using the form below.
If you are already a client of the gallery, we would be happy to give you an access code to our live inventory where you can see everything that is available with prices. Please note that access is currently restricted to existing customers and collectors of the gallery.
If you are looking for information to evaluate a work that you own, please check the FAQ section about appraisals first. We appreciate it!
Jens Ritter's sculptures start in the high $10,000s and into the $30,000s. His guitars and "Sleeping Beauties" are available from the high $20,000 way into the $100,000 range.
If you are already a client of the gallery, please use the form to request a password to log into our live inventory. If you are not a client yet, please use this form to start a dialogue with us, so we can send you a tailored response. We would love to know about your interest and if you are not certain, we are always available by phone as well.
Please give us as much information about what you are looking for in terms of size, topic, and budget so we can narrow down the search. We do not send out entire price lists for any artist. You could say something like " I am looking for a "Sleeping Beauty". Don't want to spend more than $30,000. You could also say "I like the work! Please call me to discuss."
Jens Ritter’s artworks are collected by major museums like the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, the MET - Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City, among others.
|1989-1993||apprenticeship of metalworking and –finishing|
|1994||IHK-Scholarship in New York City / USA|
|1994-1996||Academy of technical arts Ludwigshafen / Germany|
|1995||IHK-Scholarship in San Francisco / USA|
|1996||IHK-Scholarship in Vancouver / Canada|
|1997-1999||audio-visual graphic production at Malinowski Group / Germany|
|2006||Design Coaching by Luigi Colani|
MET Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Mary J Blidge
Smithsonian Museum Washington D.C.
Nile Rodgers (Chic / Daft Punk)
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
MPK Art Museum Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Paul Turner (Jamiroquai)
NAMM Museum San Diego
LaMarquis Jefferson (Usher)
Landesmuseum Mannheim (Germany)
Robb Report, Emarat Al Youm Dubai, Las Vegas Sun, Die Zeit, Kempinski Magazine, Kunstraum Metropol, San Diego Journal, Thailand Millionaire Magazine, Die Rheinpfalz, Revelations Catalogue, FAZ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Rubensteins, Bildzeitung, Chefs!, Nippon Epress, Guitar Aficionado, Smartlife, Handelsblatt, Carved, Traditional Jewelers, Ubi Bene, Wish Report, Bachendorf's Accent, Pixx Magazine, Koeln Express, Gary's, Bass Player, Davison Magazine Singapore, Guitar World Magazin
CBS-News, ARD Germany, SWR Germany,
|2005||Winner of State Designprice of Rheinland Pfalz / Germany|
|2005||Winner of Talkbass poll “World’s most beautiful handmade instrument”|
|2013||Winner of NAMM Award "Best Instrument of the Show"|
|2016||Winner of German State Price Award for Arts & Crafts|
|1997||STATION M. / Aschaffenburg, Germany|
|1998||LIVE-LIGHTS / Muenchen, Germany|
|2000||GIAMPIETRO / New Heaven, USA|
|2001||RUDYS / New York City, USA|
|2002||B-Gallery / London, Great Britain|
|2002||A&V Gallery / Ludwigshafen, Germany|
|2003||California Bass / Paris, France|
|2004||RUDYS / New York City, USA|
|2004||Metallidis / Athens, Greece|
|2005||CMB / Barcelona, Spain|
|2005||Huebner Gallery / Mannheim, Germany|
|2005||Kurosawa / Tokyo, Japan|
|2006||Gale Music / Toronto, Canada|
|2007||President-Palace / Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|2007||Frankfurt Airport / Frankfurt Main, Germany|
|2008||Revolution Gallery / Oakville, Canada|
|2008||Wynn Hotel / Las Vegas - USA|
|2010||Symbolic Art Gallery / San Diego, USA|
|2011||"PI Guitar" presentation at the APPLE Store NEW YORK CITY by
Star Photographer Jonathan Singer
|2013||RUDY'S SOHO Gallery / New York City, USA|
|2014||"Art Of Electric Guitars" - Retrospective Exhibition at the
Neustadt Art Foundation / Germany
|2015||MPK Art Museum Kaiserslautern / Germany|
|2016||Barchie's Tokyo / Japan|
|2018||Kurosawa Tokyo / Japan|
|2018||Barchie's Tokyo / Japan|
|1996||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|1997||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|1997||CALIFORNIA CENTER / New York City - USA|
|1998||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|1999||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|1999||KAMMGARN / Kaiserslautern - Germany|
|2000||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2001||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2002||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2002||Hannover-Messe Division Innovative Designs / Hannover - Germany|
|2002||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2003||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2003||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2004||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2004||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2004||NAMM / Nashville - USA|
|2004||Stromgitarren / Mannheim – Germany|
|2005||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2005||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2005||NAMM / Indianapolis – USA|
|2006||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2006||NAMM / Austin-Texas – USA|
|2006||Emirates Millionaire Show / Abu Dhabi – UAE|
|2007||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2007||Musac / Dubai – United Arabian Emirates|
|2007||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2007||NAMM / Austin-Texas – USA|
|2007||Thailand Luxury Expo / Bangkok - Thailand|
|2008||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2008||Musikmesse / Frankfurt – Germany|
|2008||NAMM / Nashville - USA|
|2009||NAMM / Los Angeles - USA|
|2009||Musikmesse / Frankfurt - Germany|
|2010||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2010||Musikmesse / Frankfurt – Germany|
|2010||Montreal Jazz Festival / Montreal - Canada|
|2011||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2011||Musikmesse / Frankfurt – Germany|
|2011||Montreal Jazz Festival / Montreal - Canada|
|2012||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2012||Musikmesse / Frankfurt – Germany|
|2012||Montreal Jazz Festival / Montreal - Canada|
|2013||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2013||Musikmesse / Frankfurt – Germany|
|2013||Healdsburg Guitar Show /Santa Rosa California – USA|
|2014||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2014||Holygrail Guitar Show / Berlin - Germany|
|2014||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2015||MES CREATEURS JOAILLIERS / Paris – France|
|2015||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2015||Holygrail Guitar Show / Berlin - Germany|
|2016||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2016||Holygrail Guitar Show / Berlin – Germany|
|2017||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2017||Holygrail Guitar Show / Berlin – Germany|
|2017||Guitar Summit / Mannheim - Germany|
|2018||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|
|2018||Guitar Summit / Mannheim - Germany|
|2019||NAMM / Los Angeles – USA|